Field effect of photoluminescence from excitons bound to nitrogen atom pairs in GaAs

Koji Onomitsu*, Atsushi Kawaharazuka, Takehito Okabe, Toshiki Makimoto, Hisao Saito, Yoshiji Horikoshi

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Field effect of photoluminescence due to excitons bound to nitrogen atom pairs in GaAs has been investigated for uniformly doped and atomic-layer-doped samples grown on (001) GaAs substrates. The intensities of excitonic photoluminescence lines due to distant nitrogen atom pairs decrease much more rapidly than those from closer pairs when the electric field is increased. In addition, photoluminescence due to the nearest neighbor pairs in atomic-layer-doped samples exhibits much more stable characteristics than that of uniformly doped samples against an applied electric field. This stability is observed only when the electric field is applied in either the [110] or [1̄10] direction. This anomalous field effect can be explained by considering the electron trapping process to the isoelectric N traps modulated by the electric field.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5503-5506
Number of pages4
JournalJapanese Journal of Applied Physics, Part 1: Regular Papers and Short Notes and Review Papers
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Sept


  • Atomic-layer doping
  • Electric field dependence
  • GaAs
  • Isoelectronic traps
  • Nitrogen pairs
  • Photoluminescence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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